Umm, yes I know we talked about brunch yesterday, but we simply can’t stop ourselves. Not when we’ve been to so many great places lately. Sandra’s completely infatuated with Fitzroy’s Breakfast Thieves, and me? I have completely fallen head over heels in love with The Grain Store.
I have heard the name of The Grain Store being mentioned more than once by food loving friends of mine, and a couple of weeks ago I finally made my way there.
When I first passed the place, I didn’t even see it. Not at all. I knew that it was supposed to be there, my map said so, so I parked my bike and started looking up. It’s incredibly discreet and at our visit there weren’t a lot of people on the street, but once inside, well, it was packed. We were lucky, and only had to wait an odd 10 minutes for a table. If you’re going on a weekend, you might want to call ahead and make a reservation, just in case.
The place is beautiful, in a chic, yet casual way. It’s decorated throughout in light colours and wooden accents. Someone mentioned to me that it feels a bit like a hotel, and there is some truth to that, although that would be a Scandinavian design hotel, for sure. The colour scheme and material choices gives the whole place a calm vibe, and as soon as you sit down, you really settle in and relax.
So what about the food then? Well, let’s say this – even though the interior is beautiful, it’s not the reason why this is my new brunch favourite. The food is incredible. Me, I’m obsessed with mushrooms and love anything with sauce, and went for the portobello mushroom and gruyere potato rösti, with poached eggs, hazelnut hollandaise and sunchoke chips. Every bite was bliss. No, for real. It was. I’ll happily eat this dish for every brunch occasion for the rest of my life. And that’s saying a lot. And oh – that chai? So good. Perfectly balanced sweet and spicy without being over powering in any way. Just perfect!
My friend, she had a breakfast pastry, which, despite looking small and all (which we compensated for later, just read on, okay?) was delicious. Well according to her. I couldn’t eat it, as it was stuffed with loads of bacon. Let’s just take her word for it.
The best way to end any weekend brunch here must be with their chocolate chip cookies and milk. They are baked to order, but they are more than worth the short, 10 minute wait. Big, warm cookies, just out of the oven, that are so fresh they crumble if you handle them too long. Yes, it might be decadent, but you are worth it. Treat yourself!
Mon – Fri / 7am – 4pm
Sat – Sun / 8am – 4pm